MORRIS – It was a full house of legislators and community leaders Monday at the annual GEDC Legislative Breakfast.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, state Sens. Toi Hutchinson and Sue Rezin, and state Reps. John Anthony and Kate Cloonen were on hand to speak to the business group about issues of importance in Washington, D.C., and Springfield.
Kinzinger reaffirmed his support for nuclear energy as a key, carbon neutral power source that provides important base load energy for the electrical grid.
Kinzinger also reminded the group that investment needs to continue in our national highways and bridges. The national gas tax hasn’t been increased since 1994 despite the increase in materials and wages. Updating that formula is an important part of keeping our nation’s infrastructure competitive.
The state budget impasse and the resulting ramifications were a top issue for the group. Rezin and Hutchinson discussed the importance of the school funding formula and looking for solutions that do not create winners and losers, but rather improve education across the state.
Anthony and Representative Cloonen took opposite approaches to the issue of a property tax freeze while both agreed that sweeping transportation funds for other uses will not occur this year.
Nancy Norton Ammer, CEO of the Grundy Economic Development Council, moderated the event.
“This was one of our best-attended legislative forums,” she said. “With all the issues and challenges at the state and federal level, I am grateful our legislators take the time to hear the concerns of the local business community.”